I am a young professional trying to determine the most efficient/cost effective method for paying off my student loans and would greatly appreciate any advice. Currently, I have about $170,000 in loans, with $110k in federal, and $60k private. Below, I will break down the situation a little more.
I recently refinanced my private loans to a lower interest rate (5.3% fixed), and to a 10 year repayment term. My minimum monthly payment for this loan is $680.
I have 11 federal loans that total $110,000 with varying fixed interest rates ranging from 3.98% to 7.65% and am in the middle of a 20 year payoff plan. I currently have a minimum monthly payment of $548 because I am on the Income Based Repayment plan (IBR), otherwise, the normal monthly payment would be $1,232.
My strategy as of now, is to pay the minimum on the private loans and to tackle one of my federal loans with the highest interest rate ($15,000 at 7.65%) by making my minimum IBR payment and then make an overpayment on the high interest loan ($800 extra per month).
I am reaching out to you all to see if my strategy is the most efficient method, or if it would be better to tackle the private loans first before federal? Should I get off the IBR and just pay the non-IBR minimum, but then not be able to make any overpayments on the single largest/highest interest rate loan? All in all, I have budgeted $2,000 per month for loan payments. I just want to know how to best make payments.
Thanks in advance